Cody and Dawnnell from Rockn H Ranch are starting their Dairy Goat herd with baby does and a buck from my farm. I am honored that they have chosen my goats for their farm. We've discussed my breeding program on several occasions and they are pleased with the health and production of my goats.
Cody and Dawnnell produce natural grass fed and finished beef, pork, lamb, chickens, turkeys, eggs, and raw Jersey cow's milk. They have chosen to add goats to their farm that will give them good milk production as well as be useful for meat production. Nubian goats are this kind of multipurpose goat.
They selected several Nubian doelings and a buckling as the beginning of their goat herd. They also took some of the additional Nubian bucklings to raise for meat.
After visiting for a while, we started loading the little goats into the back seat of their pickup for their trip home. They would be taking 13 little goats home with them.
Dawnnell and Cody loading the baby goats
When we had a few of the babies in the pickup, Dawnnell had to stand guard at the door to keep them from escaping. My farm dog, Zypher, was there to assist in any way needed. He thinks all of the goats belong to him. He is responsible for guarding the perimeter of the goat yards. He takes it personally when any goat leaves the farm. I have to bring him inside the house or barn to keep him from chasing the vehicle down the road if they take goats from the farm. Otherwise he doesn't follow anyone when they leave ... only if one of his goats is in the vehicle. He is a good dog!
Dawnnell and Zypher keeping the baby goats inside the pickup
Here are the little goats getting ready to take the trip to their new home. I'll bet they got some funny looks as they drove down the highway with all those little goats in the back seat!
A cushy ride home
Cody and Dawnell have been preparing for the new babies even before they were born. They built them new pens inside one of their barns and even bought the kind of bottle nipples they were used to. I am very happy that these little goats will be living at Rockn H Ranch.
My friend, Brian, has offered to take any of the little crossbred bucks that I can't sell. Since I need the milk produced by the momma goats to feed the little doelings and to make cheese ... I am very happy that Brian will give these little bottle-baby bucks a home.
Baby bucks ready for Brian to pick them up.
Only minutes after Cody and Dawnnell left with their 13 baby goats, Brian and his brother drove into the driveway. We took time for a farm tour and he agreed to take 17 of the little bucklings. He's going to have his hands full bottle feeding all those boys!
Brian loading baby goats into pens in his van.
Here's some of them ready for the trip to their new home
Of course Zypher had to make sure they were all loaded safely. I think he was telling them good- by and have a safe journey.
Zypher and the babies
With 30 of the baby goats gone to their new homes, Mom felt like she was on vacation. She only had 11 babies in the Kid Nursery pens to feed last night! ...... Until .... I brought 14 of the kids in from the kidding pens out in the barn this afternoon! She said the new babies are taking their bottles very well.